Beyond Feminism and Islamism: Gender and Equality in North by Doris H. Gray

By Doris H. Gray

Are ladies in North Africa and the center East ""feminist?"" Or is being a Muslim incompatible with feminism? Is there the sort of factor as ""Islamic feminism?"" via interviews with Moroccan activists and jurists – either female and male – and via situating those interviews inside of their socio-political and fiscal contexts, Doris grey addresses those questions. through doing so, she makes an attempt to maneuver past the easy bifurcation of ""feminist"" and ""Islamist"" to examine the numerous points of inner gender discourse inside of one Muslim nation, bearing in mind a extra nuanced realizing of the dialogue on women's rights within the Muslim international often. The prestige and the function of girls is without doubt one of the such a lot hotly debated subject matters in the course of the center East and North Africa, and this is often relatively seen via this dialogue of what it capability to interact with and advertise feminist proposal and activities within the quarter.

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This was, we should remember, long before the term feminism had become part of the vocabulary in the United States. In his book Feminisme, Islam, Soufisme (1997), Moroccan sociologist Abdessamad Dialmy documented the evolution of the effort to achieve rights for women in Morocco since the 1920s. According to Dialmy, at the time when Morocco was under French rule, proponents of feminism were mostly men whose attempts at reform were decried as being in contradiction to the religion of Islam, just as in contemporary discussions.

The war on terrorism and women’s rights In 1777, Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States, and since then the two countries have maintained a strong relationship. Morocco was one of the first Arab countries to support the US global war on terrorism in the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York City. Morocco itself has not been impervious to terrorism. On 16 May 2003, suicide bombings rocked Casablanca, the economic centre and largest city in the country. For Moroccans, these murderous attacks were traumatic.

Male identified: Most aspects of society that are highly valued and rewarded are associated with men and identified with male characteristics. Any other attributes that are less valued and rewarded are associated with women. 4. g. 5 At issue here is the superior social status associated with maleness and the abuses such superior status allows. indd 19 11/4/2014 1:57:32 PM 20 BEYOND FEMINISM AND ISLAMISM in the smallest unit of society, the family, and extends outwards to the larger society. Patriarchal structures also hinder genuine solidarity among women, and are reinforced through an educational system in which boys and girls are taught gendered rules for acceptable behaviour.

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